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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality? We have a pair of reports. Also on our Friday rundown: We'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - IA: Poverty Issues

Millions of Americans struggling with mental-health concerns gained access to services because of provisions in the Affordable Care Act. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Plans to revamp the Affordable Care Act were among President Trump's talking points during last night's address before a joint session of Congress. And one sector of the population stands to be significantly impacted by changes to the health-care law. Peggy Hubbert, the ex

Just over 3,000 homeless people were counted during the 2016 Point-in-Time Count in Iowa. (Pixabay)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Volunteers in communities across Iowa will undertake the daunting task Wednesday of counting the number of people they can find without permanent homes. The annual Point-in-Time Count is required for communities that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Ur

States pay on average about $90,000 a year for every youth in a juvenile facility. (Michael Coghlan/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Children should not be kept behind bars, according to a new report that examines the ineffectiveness of youth prisons in Iowa and other states. The research from The Annie E. Casey Foundation pulls together evidence of the failings of youth correctional facilities and reco

Social-service groups say evicting people from Des Moines' homeless camps simply moves the problem instead of solving it. (tom stovall/Flickr)

DES MOINES, Iowa — A fight for the homeless is ramping up in Des Moines. Eviction notices with a deadline of August 29th went up at several locations where the city’s homeless often set up camp. Opponents of that strategy will gather outside City Council chambers on Monday afternoon to

Talented young writers from across the globe converge this weekend for the Iowa Young Writers' Workshop. (IowaYoungWritersStudio.org)

IOWA CITY, Iowa - Writers from all over the U.S. and the world converge at the University of Iowa this weekend for the annual Iowa Young Writers' Studio. The program has developed an international reputation over more than a decade. Studio director Stephen Lovely says it draws dozens of talented y

Starting this week, many vendors at Iowa farmers markets will accept vouchers from seniors and low-income families. (IAFarmersMarkets.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa farmers markets are in full swing starting this week at almost 200 locations across the state. Beginning tomorrow, vouchers for the Women, Infants and Children or WIC program, issued by the Iowa Department of Public Health, can be used to shop at farmers markets, as well as

Nearly 180,000 kids in Iowa don't get the free summer meals that are being provided in many communities. (USDA.gov)

DES MOINES, Iowa - Close to 90 percent of the Iowa children who are eligible for free meals during their summer break aren't getting them. Community groups run summer meal sites across the state, but the Iowa Department of Education says of more than 200,000 kids in need of the meals, only about 2

The high cost of child care is hampering working families, and a new survey says Iowa caucus-goers want the next president to address the issue. (maunere/morguefile)

DES MOINES, Iowa – On average, an Iowa family with an infant and a toddler pays nearly $18,000 a year for child care. That's roughly 30 percent of the average family's income, and more than the average cost of college tuition in the state. Representatives from Progress Iowa, the Center for

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